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Feather's Miscellany: Were It Not For...

John Waddington-Feather's poem should make every last one of us grateful for the gift of life.

Were it not for my wife, who drives me to
Dialysis three times a week,
Settles me in on my return six hours later
Before I retire to rest;
Were it not for my daily stroll
Through Shropshire’s woods and fields,
My garden, friends and goodly neighbours;
Were it not for the pretty nurses
Needling me neat and caring when I crash;
Were it not for the orderly who brings me
Biscuits and the craved-for cup of coffee
Savoured sip by sip;
Were it not for the companionship
Of fellow patients, up the creek
Just like myself, yet cheerfully battling through
The vagaries of ill-health;
Were it not for my radio, cross-words and my pen,
Enabling me to write a while;
Were it not for my Faith…..

Then dialysis would be hell!

John Waddington-Feather ©


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